Grateful Dead Live at McDonough Arena, Georgetown U. on 1970-10-23
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
DAT speed-corrected by David Gans
Various glitches edited out by CW
posted to abgd 11/2002
SBE's on all tracks except d2t03
Cary Wolfson's notes:
My friend Norm Sartorius and I had seen the Dead for the first time at the Fillmore West in April 1970 after driving cross-country in (of course) a VW microbus. This was the run where Miles Davis opened for them. We came back to Baltimore (where I grew up) babbling to friends but we didn't have anything to play for them except Live Dead and, when it first came out, Workingman's Dead. Then we heard that they were coming to Georgetown U. After work on a Friday we loaded up whoever would fit into Norm's VW bus and took off for D.C. The place (a big, very hot gym) was packed when we got there. At the 4-12-70 show I was leaning against the stage (right in front of Pig), so there was no way were going to be in the back bleachers. Besides, I had this new Sony TC-124 tape deck. So we wormed our way up the aisle to the front. They were actually trying to keep a fire aisle open across the front. We bribed the security guy with a hit of mescaline and he let us in. We ended up maybe 15 feet back from the stage. I stood there the whole night with my hand in the air. The New Riders played and Garcia joined them. I taped this, too, but trust me, you don't want to hear it. The sound was awful.
There was a long break, during which people passed water jugs up to the stage and some of the crew would fill them up with water and pass them back -- it was so hot and crowded. Finally, they got everything set up. The announcer says, "Once again, the Grateful Dead," which led one writer to speculate that maybe there was more to this show, but he was just referring to the Riders set with Jerry. It's a short show, but Wow! BTW, the guy making the most noise on the tape is NOT me, but this goofy guy who'd been on the California trip with us. Still, you can hear me say at one point, sarcastically, "You think they've got it on tonight?" and this guy respond, equally jokingly, "Maybe half-lit." Hey, we were all well-dosed and enjoying a Grateful Dead concert the way it was supposed to be.
As far as taping went, I really didn't know what the hell I was doing. This was way before Maxell XL-IIs came in vogue and I was using one no-name "assembled in Mexico" cassette and one Mallory Duratape (taping over the first Hot Tuna album). The TC-124 didn't have a pause button and, like other tapers of that era, I hit the stop button a lot between songs to save tape. In spite of that, this still sounds pretty damn good, even 32 years later. Supposedly there was a radio broadcast, but no copy of it has ever materialized.
- 2004-05-30 20:00:44
- AUD > Sony TC-124 (MCass) > DAT > DAT > CDR > SHN
- Washington, DC
- Taped by
- Cary Wolfson
- Transferred by
- David Gans and Cary Wolfson
Subject: GD at GU
Subject: Mr. G
This is the best period for Grateful Dead.
China Rider and UJB will make your day.
Good Lovin' and Candyman are very solid.
As far as the show's concerned, Good Lovin', the Other One, and Hard to Handle really do lead the charge - it's a fine performance. Who knows, maybe more will emerge one day.
Check out the NRPS set as well, if you're curious: http://archive.org/details/gd1970-10-23.aud.wolfson.motb-0004.85071.flac16
Thank you all involved
Subject: first dead concert for me
Subject: Live and Dead In 1970
I was there. My first Show. The Band insisted that the house lights be turned on--so they could see the crowd and communicate directly. The play list was great, the energy high, the whole house stood up and boogied to the Encore--Uncle John's Band.
I was never quite the same again...
The memory of all the above plus the new Riders opening and Pigpen's very energized singing still make me shiver...
Subject: this aint too bad
Subject: OK Get a grip
Cary thanks so much for sending the tapes and braving the day...
Where I come from if you don't have anything nice to say ... Don't say it or if you want to be productive be constructive not destructive ... With 6000 some od dl's it has to be OK ROFL...
SO if it doesn't sound good first make sure you have a system to play on that is good! Not computer speakers and then listen lossless and lastly take cotton out of ears...
Subject: From someone who knows this recording intimately
The whiners here obviously were not around in the early '70s when most of what we were able to trade for were multi-generational copies of dogshit originals. Digital access has really spoiled us, some clearly more than others. I wouldn't call this an A+ recording by any means, but it is certainly in the upper percentile range of audience recordings from this era. And I would raher hear this, with all its flaws, than 90% of the more polished recordings from the '80s.
I've listened to this show well over 100 times and hear musical things in it that I don't find in any other GD shows. Of course I'm biased, since I made the original recording. In spite of stifling heat, the energy in the room was just crackling and I think that comes across in the recording.
Someone said that this was an acoustic Dead-NRPS-electric Dead show. Not so, unless I was WAY more wasted than I thought. It started with the NRPS + Jerry set.
Subject: well, sounds good to me!
Subject: Chill People
the show itself is just ok, but if your deadicated, its worth the download.
Subject: Everyone download this show!!!!!
Subject: Hoya Saxa 10/23/1970
McDonnough's STILL there...and Folk from DC/ North VA STILL talk about this one as a real moment of clarity....life bending Xperience.
Before you knock it, at least thank los senores Wolfson y Gans for taking time and $$ to record/ remaster this show for all of us to share...on our GD computers -- sitting on out GD buttkuses -- in the lazy haze of GD 2006.
Respect, gentlemen -- and many thanks.
Subject: Fine Show
Anyway, the show's sound quality is (I'll admit not sharp, but) not bad. The playing is tighter than previously discussed by the hermephrodite.
And you said that on little Jesus' birthday!
A note to the nice people of this site(and I'm not being sarcastic) I would appreciate being allowed to comment in the future but this creep wanted a reaction, so there it be.
And another thing, if you were soo hoping this performance was up to your liking and gave two shits for Jerry Garcia you wouldnt've used your harshness seeing that his mother died from internal injuries from a car accident extremely close to this show's date.
You know it's like this Hard to Handle or I'd like to buy the world a home.
There's no comparison.
Subject: Thuroughly enjoyed it!!!
Subject: Great AUD!
Subject: Sick Aud Tape
This period is way under represented.
Thank you David and anyone else involved in getting this out here.
Subject: Hissy High Gen Source
Subject: Missed It
Subject: rockin' a hot gym
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